Chaffee County Commissioner Dist 2
Responsibilities of the office: County Commissioners in Colorado are responsible for adopting the county budget; declaring county emergencies; entering into contracts; purchasing, maintaining and selling county property; providing human services; authority for roadways, land use and zoning in unincorporated areas; developing and implementing county policy; supervision of the County Administrator and staff; and working in cooperation with other elected county officials and municipal officials within the county.Term for each seat: Four years. Limit is two consecutive four-year terms.How Elected: County Commissioners are elected at large by all eligible voters within the county but a candidate must live within their specific district._________Comisionados del Condado Responsabilidades del Cargo: Los comisionados del condado de Colorado son responsables de adoptar el presupuesto del condado; declarar emergencias del condado; gestionar contratos; comprar, mantener, y vender propiedades del condado; proporcionar servicios humanos; autoridad para carreteras, y el uso de tierras y la zonificación de zonas no incorporadas; desarrollar e implementar políticas del condado; supervisar al Administrador y al personal del condado; y trabajar en cooperación con otros funcionarios electos del condado y funcionarios municipales dentro del condado.Term for each seat: Four years. Limit is two consecutive four-year terms.El mandato de cada cargo: Cuatro años. El limite es dos mandatos consecutivos de cuatro años._______ELECTION INFO: General Election ballots will start to be mailed on October 9th, 2020. Voter Service and Polling Centers open on Monday, October 19th, 2020. Ballots must be received via mail or at drop-off no later than Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, by 7 pm. If you have not received your ballot or need a replacement, contact your local Clerk & Recorder Elections OfficeINFROMACIÓN SOBRE LAS ELECCIONES: Las papeletas de votación para las Elecciones Generales empezarán a ser enviadas el 9 de octubre del 2020. Los Centros de Servicios Electorales se abren el lunes, 19 de octubre del 2020. Las papeletas electorales deben ser enviadas por correo o entregadas en un centro de entrega a más tardar a las 7pm el martes, 3 de noviembre del 2020. Si no ha recibido su papeleta electoral o necesita un reemplazo, comuníquese con su Funcionario Oficial de la Oficina de Elecciones local
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Greg has been a fishing guide/outfitter on the Arkansas River since 1985. In addition, he has had many water and natural resource related appointments, including directorships with Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, SE CO Water Conservancy District, and Colorado Water Conservation Board.
Top priorities for the county include maintaining a strong financial position, investing in human and infrastructural assets for the future, managing the impacts of growth, and addressing the expanding threat of wildfire. All of this will need to happen within the evolving context of COVID-19 and the national economic challenges. In that regard, it is important to have county leadership that is deeply engaged and knowledgeable about the details of county government and community. I will continue the twice-weekly Community Leadership Roundtables I initiated in March and will keep looking for countywide solutions, forged in a collaborative spirit. In making investments in our future, it is critical that we leverage our expenditures with grants and that our investments bring return to the entire community. Through my work in the water world, I take a basin-wide approach to our challenges and this has helped me build stronger relationships and communication with our neighboring counties.
We need to maintain strong fund balances to keep us operational and effective during tough times. We also need to acknowledge the demands that growth and a changing county demographic are placing on current staff and infrastructure. And we need to make bold but prudent investments in our future. This is a balancing act and requires that commissioners have detailed knowledge of our departmental and general fund budgets, an ability to think creatively and judiciously about debt and finance, and the courage to make significant decisions that will support our needs in the future. Our sales and property tax revenues have remained strong and we have done an excellent job of taking advantage of grant opportunities. The cost of living is growing quickly in the county – we need to find ways to pay a competitive wage in order to recruit quality employees. I believe we should continue to budget conservatively, but also make calculated investments in the assets we will need in the next 50 years.
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